Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Undergraduate Student Handbook
Undergraduate Program Objectives
The purpose of the Undergraduate Program is to advance the study,
understanding, and professional practice of the discipline of nursing.
goal of the undergraduate curriculum is to prepare graduates whose
practice of nursing nurtures the wholeness of persons through caring in nursing
situations in a variety of settings.
The outcome objectives of the Undergraduate Program are that the gradua
the program will be able to:
Be a generalist in nursing practice.
Use personal, empirical, ethical, aesthetic, and other ways of knowing in
responding critically and reflectively to calls within nursing situations.
Demonstrate an understanding of
the complexity of caring though social
cultural responsibility and accountability as a member of the nursing
healing environments through personal and professional
Use systematic inquiry to make decisions about nursi
ng practice, evaluate
outcomes, and contribute to nursing knowledge.
Collaborate with persons, families, groups, and colleagues in nursing and
other disciplines to promote the well being of the global community.
Be prepared for the pursuit of advanced st
udy and life
long learning in
Organizing Framework for Curricula
The unique focus of nursing at the Christine E. Lynn College is nurturing the
wholeness of persons through caring. Caring is the basis for examination and
further development of t
he discipline of nursing. Caring in nursing is a mutual
human process in which the nurse artistically responds with authentic presence
to calls from clients. The caring person demonstrates compassion, commitment,
conscience, competence, and confidence.
rsing situations have simultaneous commonalities and uniqueness. In each
nursing situation, there is a call from the client and the response from the nurse.
The call arises from the person; the nurse is able to enter the world of the other
and respond appr
opriately to the call to nurture wholeness through caring.
Nursing is studied in each course through the examination of nursing situations
and case studies.
Multiple ways of knowing (personal, empirical, ethical, and aesthetic) provide an
work for asking epistemological questions in nursing. In order to
experience knowing the whole of a nursing situation with caring at the center,
each of these patterns comes to play.
Central themes of nursing are explored in all courses of the discipline:
nurse and nursing, nursing as a discipline of knowledge, nursing as a profession,
wholeness of person connected with others and the environment through caring,
and the practice of nursing that demonstrates an understanding of nurturing the
ness of others through caring. These five themes are introduced in the
undergraduate programs are expanded in the graduate program. All courses that
focus on the practice of nursing have these themes as objectives; sub objectives
then address the unique ai
ms of each individual course.
All undergraduate nursing practice courses build on the introductory course,
which introduces the five themes to study nursing as a discipline and a
profession. Then follows the course on general nursing situations in which
tudents study the meaning of caring as related to self and others in the context
of nursing situations involving healthy persons across the life span. In successive
practice courses, students study the art of caring in nursing situations involving
als, families, groups, and communities in a variety of settings including
term and acute. In the culminating course, Introduction to Professional
Nursing Practice, students study nursing situations within organizational
structures as caring environmen
ts which influence clients, self, colleagues, and
Graduate courses are organized around actualizing the same five themes, which
then become the broad objectives for all core and concentration courses. The
core courses offer study central
to advanced nursing practice, education, and
administration. Core courses focus on nursing theories and philosophies,
advanced nursing practice grounded in caring, nursing inquiry, and the role of the
advanced practice nurse. Cognate courses are electives
that support the
student’s individualized study of advanced nursing practice, education,
administration, or an individualized area of expertise. Seminars provide for full
integration of advanced knowledge and clinical practicum experiences are
apply advanced knowledge and skills. Students choose one of four
options for a culminating integrative learning experience in research.
Academic Honesty Policy
Beliefs about learning and environments that foster learning are derived from an
ng of person, the nature of nursing knowledge, and the mission of the
University. Learning involves the creation of understanding through the
integration of knowledge within a context of value and meaning. A supportive
environment for learning is a caring
environment. A caring environment is one in
which all aspects of the human person are respected, nurtured and celebrated.
The learning environment emphasizes collegial relationships with faculty and
One piece of academic honesty involves the wri
tten word. While not all written
work is original, students must credit the author’s work if their words are used in
any papers. There are many websites that address what plagiarism is and what it
is not. A sample of these may be seen at
The University policies regarding academic integrity are enforced in the Christine
E. Lynn College of Nursing. Further information is available in the Florida
Administrative Code, Section 6C5
4.001 Honor code,
and Student’s Academic Grievances. Adherence to the Honor Code for academic
honesty is a professional competency and an expectation of all students. ANY
act of dishonesty that violates the honor code and misrepresents your efforts
ability may be grounds for immediate failure of a course, or may result in
dismissal from the College.
The software program “Turnitin,” may be utilized in nursing courses. This is a
copyright material detection program. You may either be asked to submi
written work for detection prior to handing it in at the scheduled time for a grade
OR the faculty member may submit the paper on your behalf. For information
about this program, go to
syllabi informs students about the consequences of not following instructions
as well as the consequences of plagiarizing. These consequences may range
from a grade of zero on the assigned work to failure of the course. Students
should always read the enti
re syllabi to be aware of requirements,
responsibilities, and consequences of failure to do as instructed.
Confidentiality of Student Records and Other Documents
In order to protect the confidentiality of student academic records, the following
s are to be followed:
Students must show identification (e.g., valid driver’s license or current
FAU Student ID) to access their academic record for advisement.
Student Academic Records are to be stored in a locked area not
accessible to students or the
general public. Access to student records is
limited to the student for academic advisement and to faculty for academic
purposes, advisement, or for evaluation for scholarships or awards.
Faculty shall place student's coursework, evaluations, papers, test
or other documents containing confidential information about the student
in areas without student or public access.
Student documents, papers, evaluations are to be released only the
student. NO student will be permitted to pick up documents for
Continuity of Operations Emergency Plan
The following plan is provided for meeting the essential functions of the
College of Nursing should an emergency close the University
If the University is closed, the College of Nur
sing will cancel classes and
shut down the teaching function until such time as the University reopens.
Should the University remain closed until the end of the semester, the
policy adopted by the University to award a grade for a course will be
by the College of Nursing . If graduation is affected, again the
University policy will provide direction for College of Nursing students who
are to graduate.
Faculty should keep meticulous, current records of students' grades during
each semester and ke
ep duplicate information in a secure site off campus
in the event records or files become unavailable. Computer files that
faculty consider relevant for teaching should be backed up and kept in a
secure place off campus.
The following statement must be in
every nursing course syllabus
Students are advised to keep ongoing, accurate records of all work and
documents, including duplicate copies of assignments, related to their
education at home in a secure place.
If the University is closed, the
College of Nursing will put its research
activities on hold. If a research study involves subjects who may suffer a
hardship if the research is placed on hold, every attempt, within the
reasonable ability of the researchers and dependant upon the situatio
leading to the University being closed, will be made to arrange for the
subjects to have appropriate care. Faculty should keep back
ups of any
essential data related to their research in a secure place off campus and
develop an emergency plan for subject
s should the need arise.
essential service activity that faculty or the College might be
involved in will be cancelled should the University be closed. Community
based programs of the College may remain open if circumstances permit.
Notification of unit personnel
: The dean will notify the associate
deans who will notify the assistant deans, the campus directors, and the
key staff members. The assistant deans, campus directors, and key staff
will notify the faculty
and other staff. An emergency telephone tree has
been developed with the names, telephone numbers (cell numbers where
available and regular numbers), and emergency contacts and their
Notification of students in nursing practice age
are supervising students in nursing practice agencies will be responsible
for attempting to notify the agency and the students. Development of a
phone tree within each student group or some other feasible method for
notification of all t
he students should be prepared each semester.
: The College is in the process of pursuing the most efficient
ways to safe
keep essential data on each student that would not be
maintained by the university. Such data are importa
nt for board
certification, state licensing, hospital privileges, and/or reference needs of
graduates. A summary sheet or scanning some of the essential data to put
in the student's university file are two such possible methods. However, in
the event stude
nt files might become unavailable, students are advised in
each nursing course syllabus to keep copies of every essential document
from their education off campus in a secure place.
: Faculty are advised to keep copies of any significant dat
about themselves in a secure place off campus. This would include any
data that would be essential to have should university data be lost.
: If there is time, the same plan that is in effect for
hurricanes will be put into action for safek
eeping of equipment and other
items in offices, class and conference rooms, and laboratories. Faculty are
requested to review the plan for hurricanes in relation to equipment care
and be prepared in this manner at all times.
is not time, the major issue will be the
safe exit of persons from the buildings and away from the campus.
A student who is enrolled in the professional phase of the nursing program and
who fails to exhibit professional and caring beh
aviors as stated in the College of
Nursing Professional Statement; meet academic standards as defined in the
Progression and Retention Policy; or violates a University policy, may be
dismissed from the nursing program. Faculty responsible for the nursing c
in which the failure is noted, or a faculty who notes unprofessional behavior, will
refer the student to the Assistant Dean. Students recommended for dismissal
have the right to utilize the Student's Appeals Procedure.
A student who is dismissed fro
m the nursing program may petition only one time
for readmission/continuation in the nursing program through the Committee on
Students in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Readmission decisions by
the committee will be based on the reason for dismi
ssal, the strength of the
student’s record, length of time since dismissal, and space availability.
In order to maintain a professional image in any setting, each student will be
expected to follow these guidelines:
The appropriate dre
ss for off
campus laboratory experiences varies with
the course and practice facility. Faculty will direct appropriate attire for
individual practice experiences. In most instances, this will include a white
or blue polo shirt with the FAU insignia (purcha
sed through Copy’s
uniforms) and dress slacks or knee length skirt in khaki, navy or black.
Shirt is to be tucked in. Please be aware of the need for loose fit and
appropriate undergarments with this attire.
A name pin must be worn during off
ng practice experiences
and in all clinical settings. The following is an example of the student's
name pin. The pin must have a white background with black letters.
J. Smith, BSN Student
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Florida Atlantic University
f the last name is long, 4 lines may be used:
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Florida Atlantic University
Name pins may be ordered through Copy's Uniform Store with the FAU insignia.
Every student must wear the FAU
photo ID (Owl card) or facility issued
picture ID as well as the CON name pin whenever entering a clinical
setting or making an agency visit for any purpose.
When it is appropriate to wear a white uniform for a nursing practice
experience, the following g
uidelines are recommended:
A white uniform
uniform pants/blouse, knee length uniform
skirt, shirt/blouse, knee length uniform dress or CON Polo shirt
and white uniform pants (available through Copy’s uniforms).
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e ID or facility ID with picture.
All white closed leather shoes with rubber soles or plain white
athletic running shoes if allowed by the facility. Shoes must
not be altered to conceal logos, stripes or other areas with
A white sweater or lab coat
may be worn with uniform
Short nails (no longer than 3mm (1/4 inch) or the length of the
cotton tip of a Q
If nail polish is worn, it must be clear
No nail jewelry
No artificial nails
2 pair of stud or post type earrings are permitted excluding
ype of hoop or dangles, no other visible body jewelry
No visible tattoos
Hair is to be worn off the collar neatly combed and away from
only a watch and wedding band if appropriate
3. A lab coat, FAU student name pin and FAU picture I
D or facility issued student
picture ID may be worn in place of the uniform when obtaining assignments in
acute care settings or wherever indicated by the faculty. You may also wear the
FAU white polo shirt with the logo. The lab coat is to be worn over ap
dress or pants (dress pants, knee length skirt or dress), stockings or white socks
of a height which prohibits the view of any skin and closed shoes (no jeans).
While there are many grading scales throughout the University that
academic freedom, faculty in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing have the
right to use a grading scale of their choice. The grading system for each course
must be written on the syllabus.
Students earning a grade below a C in any nursing cour
se may not progress in
The College of Nursing's graduation procedure is the same as the University's
procedure on graduation, which is:
Students expecting to graduate at the end of a particular semester must
file an Ap
plication for Degree from, available on
the Registrar’s Office, before the deadline stated in the a
It is the student's responsibility to be certain he/she meets all requirements
for the degree as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog.
dents must reapply for graduation if the student does not graduate on
Students are responsible for adhering to graduation dates for application as
posted on the university calendar. Please refer to
Guidelines for Independent Study
The purpose of an independent study is to enhance the student's professional
and personal development. It provides the student w
ith an opportunity to
integrate previously learned knowledge and skills into an area of particular
interest within the discipline and profession of nursing.
The following serve as guidelines for independent study in the nursing program:
The student must
be in the professional phase of the program.
The student must have an overall GPA of 3.0.
The semester prior to the independent study, the student must:
Write objectives for the learning experience.
Contract with a faculty member who will guide the
In conjunction with the faculty, determine grading criteria
related to the course objectives.
Guidelines for Universal Precautions
Immediately and thoroughly wash hands and other skin surfaces that am
contaminated with blood, body fluid
s containing blood or other body fluids to
which universal precautions apply. Wash hands immediately after gloves are
Use protective barriers to prevent skin and mucous membrane exposure to
blood, body fluids containing blood, and other fluids to
precautions apply. The type of protective barrier(s) should be appropriate for
the procedure being performed and the type of exposure anticipated.
Wear gloves when touching blood or body fluids, mucous membranes,
or nonintact skin of pati
Wear gloves when handling items or surfaces soiled with blood or body
Wear gloves when performing venipuncture and other vascular access
Wear gloves for performing phlebotomy if cuts, scratches, or other
breaks in the skin are pre
Wear gloves in situations in which contamination with blood may occur,
for example, when performing phlebotomy on an uncooperative patient
Wear gloves for performing finger or heel sticks on infants and children
Change gloves after contact with eac
Do not wash or decontaminate disposable gloves for reuse
Wear masks and protective eyewear or face shields during procedures
that are likely to generate splashing or droplets of blood or other body
fluids to prevent exposure of mucous membranes
of the mouth, nose,
Wear gowns or aprons when you anticipate splashing of blood or other
body fluids to universal precautions apply
Take care to prevent Injuries when using, handling, or cleaning needles,
scalpels, and other sharp Instruments or
Do not recap used needles by hand
Do not remove used needles from disposable syringes by hand
Do not bend, break, or otherwise manipulate used needles by hand
Place used disposable syringes and needles, scalpel blades, and other sharp
resistant, leakproof, labeled or color
coded containers for
disposal. Locate these containers close to the use area and replace routinely.
To minimize exposure during emergency mouth
ensure that protective mouthpieces o
r manual resuscitator bags are available
for use in areas in which the need for resuscitation is predicable.
Refrain from direct patient care or handling of patient care equipment if one
has exudative lesions or weeping dermatitis.
For laboratory specime
ns, consider all blood and other body fluids from all
patients to be infective. Put these specimens in a well
with a secure lid to prevent leakage during transport. Avoid contaminating the
outside of the container and place laboratory
requisitions outside of container.
Consideration for Nurses
Some other important considerations for nurses are that they should use
universal precautions when dialyzing all patients. Pregnant health care workers
am at no greater risk of contracting HIV i
nfection than other staff. However, if the
pregnant health care worker develops HIV infection during pregnancy, the infant
is at risk of HIV infection due to perinatal transmission.
The Centers for Disease Control have put forth the
following suggestions for
exposure to HIV: If an accidental needle stick injury occurs, or if them is
significant contact of a patient's blood with mucous membranes or nonintact skin
surfaces, the health care worker should wash the affected area thoroughly
includes a splash in the eye or mouth.) The exposure should then be reported to
the employee health service or Infection control practitioner. If the source
(patient) does not have a previous diagnosis of AIDS or a positive HIV antibody
test, a cli
nical and social assessment of the patient's risk factors for AIDS should
be undertaken. In the presence of any such factor, the patient should be told of
the health care worker's exposure and an Informed consent should be obtained
for taking an HIV antibo
dy test. The patient and the health care worker should be
counseled regarding the implications of positive or negative results. Whether or
not the test is obtained from the patient, the health care worker should consider
obtaining a test himself or herself
. In order to ensure complete confidentiality of
test results, it might be preferable for physicians and nurses to be tested at an
site test center rather than at their own institution. If the initial test is negative,
the health care worker should be
followed for a "flu
like" illness for 12 weeks after
the exposure. This has been the usual time for HIV Infection to develop after a
known exposure. Repeat HIV tests at 1,3, and 6 months are recommended. Most
infected persons are expected to seroconvert wi
thin the first 12 weeks after
The usual protocol for possible concomitant hepatitis B exposure should also be
observed. The risk of work
related HIV conversion has been less than 1% in
contrast to hepatitis B conversion, which is considerably hi
gher, between 20%
There is increasing evidence that HIV antibody conversion may not occur for up
to 36 months after infection, at least in homosexual men. Therefore, many
infectious patients may have a false negative test result; a negative antib
does not definitively rule out infectivity.
Engineering and Work Practice Controls
Wherever there is a likelihood of exposure to HIV, HBV, and other blood
pathogens, it is strictly prohibited for an employee to eat, drink, smoke, apply
etics or lip balm, handle contact lenses, or store food and drink. All
contaminated surfaces must be cleaned immediately or as soon as feasible.
Protective coverings must be replaced if overtly contaminated. Personal
protective equipment should be removed
immediately upon leaving the work area
and placed in an appropriately designated area or container for storage, washing,
decontamination, or disposal. All bins, pails, cans, and reusable receptacles must
be decontaminated regularly. Sharps must be stored s
o that employees do not
reach by hand into the container. Broken glassware cannot be picked up with the
hands. Contaminated laundry has to be handled with a minimum of agitation and
moved in labeled or color
coded bags or containers. Wet laundry requires
eakproof containers. Fluorescent orange or orange
red warning labels must be
affixed to containers of "regulated" waste, refrigerators, and freezers containing
infections materials and containers used to transport them. Labels must include
the official BIO
Infection Control Precautions for Care of the Patient with Acquired
Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Patients with AIDS or AIDS
related complex (ARC) are at risk to acquire
infection; therefore do not place them in a room with an infected
A single room is not required unless the AIDS patient Is
Immunocompromised, has poor hygiene, is incontinent, or has diarrhea.
Isolation procedures beyond universal precautions are not warranted for
patients with AIDS or ARC unless they have ano
ther infection that
requires Isolation precautions (e.g. tuberculosis, Herpes Simplex, and
Handwashing before and after patient contact as well as after being soiled
with any body secretions or excretions is the most important means of
eventing infection among patients and staff.
Visitors should be advised not to share razors or toothbrushes with the
Exposure of Nursing Staff to Infectious Diseases
Nursing staff are at some risk for iatrogenic infection. Iatrogenic disorders a
conditions caused by medical personnel or procedures or through exposure to
the environment of a healthcare facility. The infections most common in ICU
nurses are hepatitis B virus (HBV) and herpes simplex. The most common type
of occupational injury fo
r nurses, surpassing even sprains and strains, are
injuries that occur as a result of being stuck by a needle. ICU nurses will need to
be familiar with the following list of communicable diseases to which they may be
exposed at work.
Hepatitis B Virus (HB
The highest percentage of HBV is found In blood and
derived body fluids and is transmitted parenterally, through mucous
membranes or nonintact skin, sexually, and perinatally. Hepatitis B poses a
serious threat to ICU nurses. The greatest blood
orne risk healthcare workers
face is the HBV. The HBV can be transmitted from environmental surfaces
(countertops, machines, etc.). These are a major source of HBV infection on
certain units, such as hemodialysis units. A single needlestick injury of
minated blood has as much as a 30% chance of transmitting the disease.
Up to 7,400 healthcare workers every year acquire HBV infections through
occupational exposure. Universal precautions should be taken to protect against
HBV. Nurses at high risk should
be immunized with one of the HBV vaccines.
dose series of injections costs up to $150. Employers are now required
by an Occupational Safety & Health Administration rule to offer free HBV vaccine
to every employee who can be reasonably anticipated
to have skin, eye, mucous
membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV):
Critical care patients frequently have HSV
infections, especially if they are immunosuppressed. Nurses are at risk
unless they practice careful hand washing and wear gloves on both hands when
handling respiratory tract secretions or placing their fingers in patients' mouths. If
the nurse has a break in the skin on a finger or around a cuticle, the virus can
ade and cause an infection called a herpetic whitlow. This infection causes
vesiculopustular lesions at the junction of the nail bed and the skin. Since it is
usually too painful to cover the lesions with a glove or dressing, the nurse cannot
nt care duties. Before returning to work, clearance should be given
by the employee health service.
A member of the herpes virus family, CMV is found in
blood and body fluids and is transmitted by cutaneous or mucous membrane
t with infectious secretions. Hand washing is sufficient for prevention of
transmission. Pregnant nurses should avoid contact with patients known to be
infected with CMV because it causes obvious infection in newborns. Patients
most likely to have CMV infe
ction are those who are immunosuppressed, such
as those having organ transplants, AIDS, or cancer.
Employees who have not had chickenpox may acquire it
from contact with a person who has active chickenpox or disseminated varicella
zoster (shingles). The patient is also contagious in the last 48 hours of incubation
before the typical vesicular rash occurs. If a nurse has had chickenpox as a child,
he or she can usually be safely considered immune.
Rubella: Rubella is transmitted thr
ough inhalation of infected droplets of
respiratory secretions. Nurses at the highest risk for acquiring rubella are those
who work with infants and children and who are not immune to the rubella virus.
If a pregnant woman contracts rubella during the firs
t trimester of pregnancy, her
fetus may die or develop major organ systems malformations. All nurses should
be tested by their employers to determine rubella immunity. Nonpregnant nurses
without immunity should be given a rubella vaccination.
Several viral and bacterial agents can cause meningitis, but only one
requires hasty identification and follow
up of exposed health care workers
Neisseria meningitidis. Meningococcal disease is transmitted via inhalation of
infected droplets of respirato
ry secretions. Exposure can occur if a staff member
comes from within three feet of a patient without wearing a face mask. Staff
members have had high
risk exposure to meningococcal meningitis if they have
provided the following care to an infected patient
Intubation or suctioning
Oral or fundoscopic exam
Assistance during vomiting or when coughing directly at staff member
Close patient care where the patient breathed directly on staff member
Prophylactic treatment for hi
risk exposure is with rifampin, 600 mg orally twice
daily for four doses. Staff members who choose not to take rifampin should be
alert for signs of meningitis which include: upper respiratory tract infection,
nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, malaise,
lethargy, confusion, stiff neck, and
Pertussis: Exposure to pertussis (whooping cough) may occur through
respiratory secretions from face
face contact. A nurse who has been exposed
will require Erythromycin prophylaxis because past immuniza
tion wanes with age
and cannot ensure protection.
Tuberculosis infection occurs when aerosolized droplets
containing viable organisms are inhaled by a person susceptible to the disease.
A nurse may be exposed to TB if there has been fac
face contact (without a
mask) with a patient who has active laryngeal or pulmonary infection caused by
Mycobacterium tuberculosis. If exposure is suspected, a purified protein
derivative (PPD) skin test should be performed. If a change in PPD status h
occurred, one year of Isoniazid (INH) therapy may be recommended.
Acute diarrhea is transmitted via the fecal
oral route. Most
infectious diarrhea is caused by viruses and is of short duration. If the diarrhea
persists, it may be b
acterial (e.g. salmonella, shigella). In such cases diagnosis
will be confirmed by stool cultures.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS):
AIDS is caused by the Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The occupational risk for HIV infection among
re workers is minimal, although it does exist. By far, the most prevalent
exposure has been through injury when stuck by a needle. A health
has less than a 1% chance of infection from an HIV
Legislation has been passe
d directing the states to adopt new CDC guidelines
that call on healthcare workers to know their HIV status and to stop doing
prone procedures if they are infected.
Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA):
MRSA and other resistant
ins of aureus have become one of the most common causes of hospital and
community acquired infections. MRSA is resistant to many antibiotics. It is likely
that hospital staff carry MRSA from one patient to another on their unwashed
hands. Another reservoir
for MRSA is the inanimate environment. Everything in
the room of a patient infected with MRSA can become infected. Nurses who care
for patients infected with MRSA risk becoming carriers of the bacterium. In some
hospitals, nurses who become colonized with
MRSA are assigned to care only
for patients with MRSA or are removed from patient care until they are no longer
colonized. Treatment of colonized (not infected) carriers includes regimens such
as: (1) oral antibiotics, (2) topical antibiotic ointments for
the anterior nasal
passages, and (3) bathing and shampooing with skin disinfectants.
Incomplete Grade in Nursing Courses
A student who registers for a course but fails to complete the course
requirements, without dropping the course, will normally rece
ive a grade of "F"
from the course instructor. A student who is PASSING a course but has not
completed all the required work because of EXCEPTIONAL circumstances may,
with the approval of the instructor, temporarily receive a grade of "I" (incomplete).
grade of "I" is neither passing nor failing, and it is not used in computing a
student's grade point average; it indicates a grade deferral and must be changed
to a grade other than "I" within one calendar year from the end of the semester
during which th
e course was taken.
The "I" grade is used only when a student has not completed some portion of the
work assigned to all students as a regular part of the course (due to illness, death
in family, etc). It is not to be used to allow students to do extra wo
in order to raise the grade earned during the regular term. A report of incomplete
grade form must be submitted by the faculty member when grades are
submitted. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the
the timely completion of this work. Any incomplete grade received in
a nursing course must be resolved prior to starting the next nursing course.
Lab Referral and Use
As faculty, our commitment to the students include the referral t
within both the college and the university. Within the college we have a learning
lab available to students for review and practice of technological skills in
preparation for nursing practice course requirements.
Some of the possible uses for t
he lab include:
Assessment of specific systems or general assessment skills
Competency development and practice
Review of text related material, examples include but are not limited to:
base balance, reading EkG'
In addition the lab is available for remediation during scheduled periods. A lab
referral form must be sent with the student if referred by the faculty.
Faculty and hours available for open lab will be posted every semest
Additional Assistance for Students
The College has resources for tutoring and assistance for at
Arrangements can be made by the students by contacting the Assistant Dean for
Learning Laboratory Guidelines
hristine E. Lynn College, FAU nursing practice laboratories provide space,
equipment, and supplies to serve the learning needs of nursing students. The
purpose of the lab is to provide opportunities for nursing students to become
proficient in technologica
l and physical assessment skills in a non
environment before applying them in the nursing practice areas. Students are
expected to behave in a professional manner during nursing practice
The guidelines listed
below are designed to facilitate the use of the lab:
Arrangements may be made for individual lab practice with a faculty
Students may not be in the learning lab without faculty or teaching
assistant (TA) supervision at any time.
may not remove any of the audiovisual materials, technological,
or physical assessment equipment from the lab.
Before leaving the lab return all materials to the original location.
Remember to turn off all equipment and lights before leaving the lab.
he campus laboratory is a smoke
Notices and Announcements and Use of Email
Students must have an FAU email address as all email communication is sent to
the FAU email address.
Directions on obtaining a FAU email are available on
the FAU website. Students
should automatically get an email account as soon as they are entered into the
FAU system. Students can also look up their accounts at the Account Lookup
en go to MyFAU
to access their email.
FAU Owl Card Picture ID
For information on the FAU OWL picture card ID, link into
for detailed information.
Nursing Practice Attendance Policy
Attendance is required for all nursing practice experiences.
Students need to practice, synthesize, and integrate the knowled
learned in the classroom.
Time is needed to complete all the nursing practice course objectives.
To meet State and National Accreditation guidelines, a student must have
a specified number of nursing practice hours
this is accomplished by
l nursing practice experiences.
It is expected that students attend all nursing practice experiences.
Absences should be rare and for exceptional circumstances only.
Absences may affect a student’s grade and ability to complete course
objectives and pass
To protect patients, students with communicable diseases/illnesses should
not attending nursing practice experiences.
The faculty realizes that on rare occasions, an individual student might need an
exception. Each student must adhere to the
guidelines on each course syllabi
and talk to each nursing practice faculty regarding any exceptions. During your
orientation to the nursing practice course at the beginning of each semester, your
faculty will discuss whom to call in case of illness. Talk
to the faculty member
about any arrangements for an alternative assignment.
Petitions and Grievances Policies and Procedures
Any student or group of students has the right to petition College and University
policies and regulations. The purpose of a pe
tition is to challenge a College of
Nursing program requirement or a College of Nursing Policy. Petitions are
considered by the Committee on Students at regularly scheduled meetings. The
philosophy of the College of Nursing promotes individual worth and gr
potential and therefore the Committee will consider a petition of any program
requirement or policy if it promotes student learning and is not detrimental to the
student's acquisition of the knowledge needed to meet the program objectives
Student completes the College of Nursing Petition Form
The student asks an advisor to make a recommendation regarding the
petition and the advisor signs the petition.
The student then places the form in the mailbox of the
Committee on Students, for consideration during the next regularly
scheduled meeting, or earlier, if necessary.
The student will then be notified of the decision of the Committee
University Academic Petition
To petition a University regulati
on, the student obtains a University petition from
the Registrar's Office, makes an appointment with the College of Nursing,
Chairperson of the Committee on Students, and submits the completed form to
the University Academic Petitions Committee as stated i
n the Catalog.
Progression and Retention Policy
The following are requirements for progression and retention in the nursing
program within the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.
Students must achieve a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course with a
NUR prefix in order to continue in the undergraduate nursing program.
Each student admitted to the professional phase of the nursing program
will be formally evaluated periodically throughout the semester. Students
who are not making satisfactory progre
ss toward meeting course
objectives at any time during the semester will be notified in writing and
offered counseling to develop a plan for remediation. Failure to comply
with the recommendations on this plan will result in failure of the course.
who demonstrate unsafe behaviors in the practice setting may
be removed at any time.
A report of unsatisfactory work will be completed for any student not
meeting course objectives at midterm and the student will be offered
counseling to develop a plan o
Any fully admitted generic or accelerated BSN student who withdraws
from a course with an NUR prefix, with the exception of a filed medical
withdrawal, is dismissed from the program.
Students are expected to demonstrate professional behavi
with the College’s philosophy and conceptual framework as expressed in
the ‘ College of Nursing Professional Statement’. Failure to do so may
result in dismissal from the program.
Recruitment and Retention of Minority and Disabled Students
The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is committed to recruitment and
retention of qualified minority students and disabled students into nursing. As a
renewed commitment, the Committee on Students will serve as the liaison
between Minority Student Affa
irs and Disabled Student Services and the College
Identified strategies to increase the recruitment of minority students into nursing
include full participation by the College of Nursing during College Outreach
Programs. The College of Nursing
will participate by an active presence during
these programs to provide information regarding nursing and to answer
questions. The College of Nursing will maintain an active presence during
Community College Days
The College of Nursing will en
hance the success of minority students by
increasing the awareness of faculty as to the services on campus available to
minority students. A member of the Committee on Students will serve as a
resource person to the Faculty and will update information year
ly as to the
following services available to minority students or students with
learning/physical disabilities on campus:
Peer counseling through the office of Multicultural
Tutorial program through the office of Multicultur
Book Loan Programs
Disabled Students Service
Request for Letter of Recommendation
At times you will need letters of recommendation when applying for scholarships
and/or employment. To obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty member,
please complete the "Request for Letter of Recommendation Form."
Safety in Community settings
Safety in Community Settings
For promotion of safety while in community
focused nursing practice courses,
please follow the guidelines listed below:
munity health practice
Wear a uniform or designated dress, student ID, name tag, and
Carry only a sufficient amount of money for the day's needs.
Important papers, etc., should be locked in your trunk before
leaving home. Pocket change t
o make a phone call may be useful.
Be in the field only during daylight hours and at those times
specifically assigned. Report to the instructor when departing for
and returning from your assignment.
Visit only those clients at addresses that have been a
Leave with the instructor a list of the families or organization and
the sequence in which you will visit prior to your departure. This list
includes full name, exact address, apartment number, and phone
number. If family has a
phone, telephone prior to visit to confirm
Phone your instructor for approval prior to any change in sequence
or if you find the family is at another address. Under no
circumstances, go to any address or apartment which is not on your
phoning for approval.
Check with the instructor for the exact location of your destination
and review the exact transportation you will use prior to departure.
Walk briskly with a sense of purpose. Never loiter. Obtain clear
directions prior to departur
e for the visit. Consult a map, the client,
police, or post office department. Know exactly where are going.
After departure, if in doubt, ask a storekeeper, police officer,
postman, or any official agency representative.
Walk on the curb side of the stre
et, avoid doorways and alleyways.
Use streets that are active and busy and contain residences rather
than deserted, dimly lit streets with quiet warehouses and bar
Speak to storekeepers and those neighborhood people you see
each week. Identify you
rself and the agency you represent.
Familiarize yourself with the geography of the neighborhood and
the locations of "safe" places.
Notice which shops have phones you could use in an emergency.
Under no circumstances, enter any building when observation
intuition tells you something is not right. Proceed to the nearest
phone, and call the agency or the instructor or the police
This number will put you in direct emergency contact with the police
in the town or neighborhood in which you find y
Should anyone demand your property during a robbery, give it to
them and proceed to the most active situation at hand (traffic,
neighborhood store, health center, police or fire department. Report
all frightening experiences to the police, your i
nstructor and the
College of Nursing.
Should you at any time, for any reason, feel unsafe or frightened,
call the Police, 911
and request assistance. Also notify your
instructor and the College of Nursing.
Should anyone confront you or follow you in an
seek the assistance of the closest individual on foot or in a motor
vehicle. This will attract attention to you. Do not, however, enter any
vehicle other than a public bus, licensed cab or police car.
In the event any unusual incident o
ccurs, proceed into the most
active situation available, the police precinct, firehouse,
neighborhood store, social service or health agency, school,
housing project office, or board a bus.
Use a phone in any one of these places to call the agency or, if
indicated, 911 the police. Maintain a list of Police Dept. non
emergency numbers or information requests. Identify yourself, the
agency you represent, where you are, and the problem.
Student is responsible for adhering to all safety guidelines for
Students should make community visits in pairs if possible.
For All Practice Setting
When arriving or leaving the clinical agency (including utilizing the parking lot)
Lock all doors when leaving car. You should not remain
in a parked
Know the designated area for parking.
Park in well lighted designated areas.
Leave the agency with the group or ask for an escort to your car.
You are never alone.
We are a phone call away
911 or the College of Nursing
lephone (561) 297
A police cruiser can reach you in minutes.
Your best protection is to:
Know your neighborhood resources
Know the neighborhood people.
Have the neighborhood know you in your professional
Process of Undergraduate Student Ev
Nursing Practice Course Evaluations
A student’s performance is evaluated at least once in the
middle of a semester. The nursing practice evaluation instrument is completed by
faculty. Students complete a self evaluation usin
g this instrument and results of
both are shared and discussed. Face to face meetings to discuss performance at
term are expected. A formal grade does not need to be awarded at midterm.
: At the end of each semester, the nursing prac
instrument is completed by faculty and a grade is awarded for the course.
Students complete a self evaluation using the same instrument. Space is
provided for both faculty and student to sign. All critical elements on the nursing
valuation must be passed at a satisfactory level for the student to
receive a satisfactory passing grade of C (2.0) in the nursing practice course. A
failure of any critical element will result in a F grade in the course. Face to face
meetings to discuss p
erformance and final grade are expected. The completed
evaluation is filed in the individual student’s evaluation folder in the College of
Nursing Undergraduate Office.
Report of Unsatisfactory Work
Reports of unsatisfactory work are completed by the facu
lty at midterm, and may
be completed as necessary during the semester, for students who are performing
unsatisfactorily in either theory or nursing practice courses. The Report states
which requirements have not been met and identifies specific areas and g
improvement. For nursing practice courses, a report is sent if students are
demonstrating unsafe practice, questionable practice for the level expectations,
or if absences are excessive. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all
s. If a student earns a grade below a C (2.0), they will not be able
to progress to the next nursing course. (See Progression and Retention policy)
Report of Unsatisfactory Wor
is submitted by faculty to the
Undergraduate Program Office and sent via
certified mail to the student. A copy
of the Report is retained in the student’s file in the College of Nursing until
graduation at which time they are removed. The
Report of Unsatisfactory Work
will include specific areas and objectives in which the stude
improvement for final satisfactory completion of the course objectives and to
obtain a minimum passing course grade of C (2.0). Students are asked to meet
with the faculty to discuss strategies for nurturing student growth in achieving
performance of the course objectives.
Student Nurses' Association
The goals of NSA are to promote on
campus educational programs
related to prevention and awareness of health issues, community service, and
student health. All undergraduate stud
ents in the professional phase are eligible
for membership in FAU's SNA chapter. Contact any NSA member for more
Students are strongly encouraged to join as this organization is the pre
professional organization for nurses and prepares studen
ts to become American
Nurses Association (ANA) members upon graduation.
Student Participation on College of Nursing Committees
The College of Nursing Faculty Bylaws provide for student representation on the
Standing Committees of the College. Students ma
y choose to serve on each of
the following committees for one academic year. Student representatives are
responsible to communicate issues, solicit input, and represent colleagues at
Committee on Programs
Committee on Students
tee on Faculty
Committee on Learning Resources
Student representatives are invited to attend general Faculty meetings excluding
discussion on personnel matters.
Undergraduate Financial Aid
Specific requirements for the various fi
nancial aid programs are contained in the
Florida Atlantic University Catalog, financial aid brochures, and information
sheets which are provided to students with their award letters. The procedures
for an applicant's applying for financial aid are in acco
rdance with the guidelines
set up by the federal government and details can be found at:
Students enrolled in the professional phase of the nursing program may also
apply for available sch
olarships through the College of Nursing. Types of
scholarships and inherent requirements for recipients vary. The majority of these
scholarships are awarded annually at the beginning of the fall semester.
Announcements regarding scholarships are available
online at the College of
Nursing web site.
Undergraduate Scholarship Information
The College of Nursing has a limited number of scholarships to be awarded
annually. These awards are intended to be supplemental to more comprehensive
forms of need
For information on applying for need
based financial aid through the University,
students should contact the Student Financial Aid Office, which offers students
assistance in locating a variety of funding sources for loans and scholarships.
Information about filing your FASFA forms
and information on sources of aid, and other pertinent financial aid and
scholarship information can be reviewed on the Financial Aid w
Additional scholarship information for the University is found on the following
, and sources for
financial aid and scholarship availability can be found at the following Internet
It is advi
sable for students to begin the search for financial aid and scholarships
early in their career at Florida Atlantic University.
Standard (Universal) precautions
The Center for Disease Control
e reference source for all
information for infection control and safely precautions for all health care workers.
The following is information on Standard (Universal) precautions.
The concern for occupational exposure to hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human
mmunodeficiency virus (HIV) among health care workers has led to the
development and implementation of "universal precautions" for all hospitalized
patients. Universal precautions were designed and recommended by the Centers
for Disease Control (CDC) (
) in 1987 and were revised in
1988, based on epidemiologic evidence regarding the transmission of HBV and
HIV. Under universal precautions, blood and certain body fluids of all patients are
ntially infectious for HIV, HBV, and other blood
Physical examinations and a medical history cannot reliably identify all patients
infected with HIV or other blood
borne pathogens. In the emergency
especially the risk of blood
exposure is increased and the infection status of the
patient is usually not known. Universal precautions are intended primarily to
prevent parenteral, mucous membrane, and nonintact skin exposures of health
care workers to blood
borne pathogens; therefor
e, they apply to blood and to
other body fluids containing visible blood. Blood is the single most important
source of HIV, HBV, and other blood
borne pathogens in the occupational
setting. Universal precautions also apply to the following:
Universal precautions do not apply to the following list of substances unless they
contain visible blood. The risk of transmissio
n of HIV and HBV from these fluids
and materials is extremely low or nonexistent.
Human breast milk
Gloves need not be worn when feeding patients or wiping saliva from skin;
it is recommended that dentists use special precautions since in their
profession contamination of saliva with blood is predictable. Health care workers
may want to wear gloves if they work in situations in which exposure to breast
milk might be frequent.
Financial Aid Policy
The Florida Atlantic University financial aid program is administered without
regard to race, creed, color, sex, physical handicap or national origin. Financial
aid is awarded on the basis of greatest financial need w
ith priority given to those
students who apply by the priority deadline of April 1. Aid is awarded to students
in the form of loans, grants, work
study positions and scholarships. A majority of
the funds are awarded on the basis of need.
CRIMINAL HISTORY AND DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
The Florida Board of Nursing receives numerous questions from applicants
regarding prior criminal offenses. The following are the most frequently asked
questions to assist applicants:
Q: What crimes or license dis
cipline must be reported on the application?
A: All convictions, guilty pleas and nolo contendere pleas must be reported,
except for minor traffic violations not related to the use of drugs or alcohol. This
includes misdemeanors, felonies, "driving while i
ntoxicated (DWI)" and "driving
under the influence "(DUI)." Crimes must be reported even if they are a
suspended imposition of sentence. All prior or current disciplinary action against
another professional license must be reported, whether it occurred in
Florida or in
another state or territory.
Q: Can a person obtain a license as a nurse if they have a misdemeanor or
felony crime on their record?
A: Each application is evaluated on a case
case basis. The Board of Nursing
considers the nature, severity
, and recency of offenses, as well as rehabilitation
and other factors. The Board cannot make a determination for approval or denial
of licensure without evaluating the entire application and supporting
Q: Do I have to report charges if I c
ompleted a period of probation and the
charges were dismissed or closed?
A: Yes. Offenses must be reported to the Board even if you received a
suspended imposition of sentence and the record is now considered closed.
Q: What types of documentation do I ne
ed to submit in support of my application
if I have a prior criminal record or license discipline?
Certified official court document(s) relative to your criminal record,
showing the date(s) and circumstance(s) surrounding your
tions of the law violated, and disposition of the
case. This would normally consist of the Complaint or Indictment, the
Judgment, Docket Sheet or other documents showing disposition of your
case. This can also be referred to as the Order of Probation. The
clerk must certify these court documents.
Certified copy of the documents relative to any disciplinary action taken
against any license. The documents must come from the agency that took
the disciplinary action and must be certified by that agency.
A detailed description of the circumstances surrounding your criminal
record or disciplinary action and a thorough description of the rehabilitative
changes in your lifestyle since the time of the offence or disciplinary action
which would enable you to a
void future occurrences. It would be helpful to
include factors in your life, which you feel, may have contributed to your
crime or disciplinary action, what you have learned about yourself since
that time, and the changes you have made that support your r
Note: The burden of proof lies with the applicant to demonstrate evidence of
rehabilitation. Examples of rehabilitation evidence include, but are not limited to:
If applicable to your crime or discipline, documented evidence of
l treatment and counseling you may have completed. Please
provide a discharge summary, if available.
Letters of reference on official letterhead from employers, nursing program
administrator, nursing instructors, health professionals, professional
ors, support group sponsors, parole or probation officers, or other
individuals in positions of authority who are knowledgeable about your
Proof of community work, education, and/or self
te of rehabilitation or evidence of expungement,
proof of compliance with criminal probation or parole, and orders of the
Q: How can I help facilitate how quickly my application is reviewed?
A: The Board of Nursing strongly encourages all individua
ls with a criminal or
discipline history to be fully prepared with information regarding their background
and to start the application process early.
Applications with previous arrest or disciplinary action on a license will not
be authorized to practice
nursing until all documentation is cleared by
Board staff or reviewed by the Board. The temporary permit may be
revoked pending results of the national background screening.
For additional information go to